Wonders of the Ancient World: Antiquity's Greatest Feats of Design and Engineering

Wonders of the Ancient World: Antiquity's Greatest Feats of Design and Engineering


By (author) Justin Pollard

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  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 194mm x 250mm x 24mm | 839g
  • Publication date: 2 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0857386638
  • ISBN 13: 9780857386632
  • Illustrations note: 150 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 386,463

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Wonders of the Ancient World describes the most extraordinary feats of human engineering and design from across the globe, created between the dawn of human civilization and the onset of the Dark Ages. Author Justin Pollard looks at the problems that the ancients solved to build each wonder and introduces us to the travellers, both ancient and modern, who saw and rediscovered each site. Newgrange; Stonehenge; The Great Pyramid of Khufu and the Sphinx; Mohenjo Daro; The Great Ziggurat at Ur; The Temple of Solomon; The Palace of Ashurnasirpal II; La Venta; The Hanging Gardens of Babylon; The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus; Persepolis; The Grand Canal; The Parthenon; The Statue of Zeus at Olympia; The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus; Delphi; The Colossus of Rhodes; The Pharos of Alexandria; The Library at Alexandria; The First Great Wall of China; The Tomb of the First Emperor; Petra; The Tower of the Winds; The Rice Terraces of Banaue; The Great Serpent Mound; The Pont du Gard; Nero's Golden House; Masada; The Colosseum; The Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan; The Forum of Trajan; The Pantheon; The Baths of Diocletian; The City of Tikal; The Buddhas of Bamyan; The Hagia Sofia; The Basilica Cistern at Constantinople; Horyu-Gakumonji; Borobudur; Ellora.

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Author information

Justin Pollard is a Cambridge University Archaeology graduate, who has television experience that includes Time Team and QI. Justin is the author of Seven Ages of Britain and The Story of Archaeology (Quercus).

Table of contents

Introduction. Newgrange - Neolithic passage tomb and ritual site. Stonehenge - Britain's most iconic megaliths. The Great Pyramid of Khufu and The Sphinx - Enigmatic wonders of the desert. Mohenjo Daro - Jewel of the Indus Valley civilization. The Great Ziggurat at Ur - Mighty temple to the Sumerian moon-god. The Temple of Solomon - The great shrine of ancient Judaism. The Palace of Ashurnasirpal II - Magnificent seat of a merciless ruler. La Venta - Long-lost city of the Olmecs. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon - Pleasure park for a homesick queen? The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus - Peerless wonder of the ancient world. Persepolis - Home of the richest rulers on Earth. The Grand Canal - A vital trade link for a growing nation. The Parthenon - A perfectly proportioned architectural gem. The Statue of Zeus at Olympia - Monumental image of the supreme god. The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus - A mighty tomb for a minor ruler. Delphi - Home of antiquity's most revered oracle. The Colossus of Rhodes - A giant bestriding the ancient world. The Pharos of Alexandria - For those in peril on the sea. The Library at Alexandria - The great seat of ancient learning. The First Great Wall of China - The world's longest defensive barrier. The Tomb of the First Emperor - Necropolis for a totalitarian ruler. Petra - An eternal city hewn from the desert rock. The Tower of the Winds - Site of ancient scientific innovation. The Rice Terraces of Banaue - An ancient wonder still in modern use. The Great Serpent Mound - Ritual site of an early American culture. The Pont du Gard - Pinnacle of Roman hydraulic engineering. Nero's Golden House - An imperial palace on a grand scale. Masada - Rugged symbol of Jewish survival. The Colosseum - Emblem of Rome's power and cruelty. The Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan - Testament to a vanished culture. The Forum of Trajan - Last and greatest of Rome's imperial fora. The Pantheon - Uniquely intact reminder of ancient Rome. The Baths of Diocletian - The most luxurious spa ever built. The City of Tikal - Ancient metropolis in the rainforest. The Buddhas of Bamyan - Devotional giants destroyed by zealots. The Hagia Sophia - Mother church of Eastern Orthodoxy. The Basilica Cistern at Constantinople - Subterranean reservoir for a major city. Horyu-Gakumonji - Early seat of Buddhist learning in Japan. Borobudur - 'Mountain of a thousand statues'. Ellora - Rock-cut shrines of three great religions. Glossary. Index. Further Reading. Acknowledgements.